How Do You Get Help For Someone Whos Addicted To Drugs

Addiction is not a singular event, but rather a progressive disease that worsens over time. It is indiscriminate and destroys the lives of all that follow its path. But experts say that friends and family are among the greatest resources drug-addicted people have to help them recover. Convincing someone to seek treatment is often difficult, but it can be done in many cases and friends and family don’t have to wait for the person to hit rock bottom.

Residential treatment alone often yields only short-term sobriety and stabilization. Long-term recovery is achieved when there is abstinence from drugs, abstinence from addictive behaviors, and recovery of physical, emotional and spiritual health. When recovery starts to feel as natural as a layer of skin, only then is it a healthy lifestyle that will sustain the individual well into the future. The journey is not an easy one, but long-term recovery is possible.

We promise to provide you with comprehensive, full-service drug treatments. We care for the individual through detox, residential treatment, outpatient care, and transitional living. We have an outstanding drug rehab team of experienced professionals that collaborate through all phases of your drug treatment to ensure that you are paving a future apart from the past.

The cost of addiction treatments and spotty medical insurance can be another barrier to treatment. Patients and family members should make sure that the treatment they’re considering is covered under their insurance plan. Just because a treatment facility says it takes insurance does not mean insurance will actually pay without preauthorization.

For many families, though, the first hurdle is getting the person with the drug problem to seek help at all. Denial is often a part of addiction, and people with an addiction are often terrified that they will lose control of their lives if they seek treatment.

One tactic psychologist and doctors use is called “motivational enhancement,” which seeks to rev up a person’s internal desire for change. A therapist might ask a person, for example, what good comes of them drinking themselves into unconsciousness every night. The idea is to prompt the person to realize how unhelpful the addiction really is.

We recommend approaching someone with a substance-abuse problem when they (and you) are sober and have a stretch of time when you won’t be interrupted. Emphasize your care and concern for the person, ask open-ended questions and avoid attacking or judging the person. If they deny a problem, focus on keeping the dialogue open. Your goal is not to convince the person that there is a problem but to let them know that you believe there is one and that your belief is based on observable behaviors. Families often struggle with whether to take a “tough love” approach (for example, kicking a relative who won’t stop using drugs out of a home). The line between supporting someone and enabling them is not bright and clean.

They need to manage their disease one day at a time. They need to have a support system, an involvement in the community. The evidence shows that this is a chronic illness that needs ongoing treatment.

But here we view the therapeutic alliance as a valued relationship that provides our clients with a trusted and objective ally in the recovery process. You’ll recover in privacy and comfort in every level of care from detox to transitional living. Our licensed treatment providers created our programs with one main goal in mind: helping you find effective, long term recovery with exceptional care.